Born May 7, 1929. Japanese ethnologist. Doctor of philosophy (1955) and professor at the University of Tokyo.
Obayashi is a leading specialist in the study of the ethnology and folklore of Southeast Asia. His major works treat the mythology of the peoples of Eastern Asia as source material for the study of the ethnogeny of these peoples.
WORKSTonan ajia tairiku shu minzoku-no shinzoku soshiki (Blood Relationship Organization Among the Peoples of Continental Southeast Asia). Tokyo, 1955.
Nihon shinwa-no kigen (Origin of Japanese Myths). Tokyo, 1961.
Inasaku-no shinwa (Rice-sowing in Mythology). Tokyo, 1973.
Nihongo-no kigen (Origin of the Japanese Language). Tokyo, 1973. (With Murayama Shichiro.)